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GWS360

How Do We Make Schools Safe for LGBT Youth?
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Morgan Hill

on 30 April 2012

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Resources Advocates for Youth
www.advocatesforyouth.org
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
www.colage.org
Family Equality Council
www.familyequality.org
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA)
www.gender.org
National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME)
www.nameorg.org
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
www.nyacyouth.org
The Safe School Coalition
www.safeschoolscoalition.org Safe Space & GLSEN "The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression." GLSEN is also a beneficiary of the "It Gets Better" project and The Trevor project. Safe Space is a program that allows for LGBT students to have the opportunity to feel safe at their school. By having faculty display a Safe Space stickers on campus, this allows for students to feel as if they have someone to talk to, somewhere to feel safe.
http://safespace.glsen.org/ Think B4 You Speak Human Rights Campaign Point Foundation GLAAD History of Bullying in Schools How Do We Keep LGBT Youth Safe in Schools?
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Michelle Amoako, Morgan Hill, Erin Keenan, Allison O'Rourke, & Katie Steele Pros & Cons Point Foundation: Scholarships No exceptions on Application Human Rights Campaign: Issues outside the US Not frequently updated Safe Space Support Training Think B4 You Speak Positive Communication and Day of Silence Silence in school The Think B4 You Speak campaign, “ aims to raise awareness about the
prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in American
Schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of
homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for
LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school
personnel and parents; their support of this message is crucial to the
success of efforts to change behavior.”
http://www.thinkb4youspeak.com/ GLAAD’s Mission statement is, “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering
real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the
words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations
communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are
heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases
acceptance, and advances equality.”
http://www.glaad.org/ The Human Rights Campaign’s Mission Statement is, “By inspiring
and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT
citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and
equality for all. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by
advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring
families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support
among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach
programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and
families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials,
mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing
strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other
LGBT organizations.”
http://www.hrc.org/ The Point Foundation’s mission statement is, “the Point
Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and
hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual
orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
www.pointfoundation.org/ There are many other 'Safe Space' programs across the country at different educational institutes that are unaffiliated with GLSEN but follow the same fundamentals and idea. SUNY Plattsburgh is becoming one of those institutes where safer spaces are being created. Bullying/harassment of GLBT students/faculty.
Gay boys being called a sissy, and lesbian girls being called a dyke.
No recognition of same-sex parents or guardians.
GLBT discrimination mentioned in school policy.
Same-sex prom date forbidden.
GLBT students/faculty remain closeted because of fear of bullying.
Valentine's Day activities focus on opposite-sex. 1971: National Student Congress endorses the creation and funding of a “gay desk” to help campus gay groups.
1972: The first gay studies program began at Sacramento State University.
1978: California State Senate John Briggs introduces a ballot initiative to ban gay teachers from classrooms.
1987: Professor John Boswell helps form the Lesbian and Gay Studies Center at Yale University.
1988: The National Education Association calls that every school district must provide counseling for students struggling with their sexual orientation.
1993: Massachusetts becomes the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against public school students, leading to widespread gay youth activism. History of LGBT in Education 84.6% of LGBT students were verbally harassed, 40.1% were physically harassed and 18.8% were physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as "faggot" or "dyke," frequently or often at school.
61.1% of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation.
GPA of LGBT students who are bullied is lower than those who were less often harassed. 2009 School Climate Case Study The Trevor Project Mission: The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. Founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone (creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film "Trevor") 5-Step Strategic Plan:
1. IMPACT
2. AWARENESS
3. ADVOCACY
4. EXPERTISE
5. EFFICIENCY http://www.thetrevorproject.org Discussion Questions 1. Offensive language; Has anyone ever had an experience with an offensive statement (e.g., "That's so gay")?
2. In your past school experience (high school, middle school, etc.), were there any anti-bullying programs that existed/were implemented?
3. From your perspective, what is an ally to you? What does it mean to be an ally?
4. Based on the programs we presented, which do you feel would be the most successful and in what settings? Why? The author spends one year observing students in a high school in California in a relatively conservative community
She observes that the male students use the words “gay” and “fag”, along with language that objectifies females to police each other’s masculinity and to bolster their own heterosexuality.
The irony is that there are a few lesbian students but they are not bullied, but rather they retain a level of popularity.
The one openly gay male, however, is ostracized so much that he drops out of school by the end of the book.
She makes it clear that the environment is very hostile for everyone. Book: Dude, You're a Fag
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